The Afrasia Bank is another interesting building that I found in the very centre of Port Louis, while walking through town. Port Louis is a place to explore easily without a map, all places of interest are in the very centre, quite close to each other.
When you start at the Caudan Waterfront a walk of 1-2 hours will take you the easy way to all sights of this town, except the Fort Adelaide of course.
The old postoffice of Mauritius is in the area of the port and the Caudan Waterfront, about 200 meters from the windmill and you will also pass by it, when walking from your cruiseship to the city. At this postoffice some of the most famous stamps of history were issued:
"The Blue Mauritius" is certainly the most famous stamp on earth, but by far not the most valuable or rarest stamp on earth.
worldwide there are still 8 used and 4 unused stamps of the Blue Mauritius.
"The Red Mauritius" : there are still 12 used ones and 2 unused ones worldwide.
The Mauritius Institute is the name of this building in the centre of Port Louis, that once used to be the headquarters of the French East Indian Company. This building is a museum nowadays: The museum of Natural History, showing local sea-shells, butterflies, inscects, birds and a lot more.
I just a had a look at this beautiful building from outside.
The gate of Independance is my personal expression for this monument that I saw somewhere between the palmtrees of the boulevard in the centre of Port Louis, opposite of the presidents palace.
Independance was granted to Mauritius in 1968, after having been occupied by portugese troups (1505–1598), the netherlands (1598–1710), France (1715–1810) and finally by British troops (1810–1968).
Dont miss the covered market right in the centre of Port Louis, it is a great place to see and buy tropical fruits and also the building itselfe and mainly the fences are worth seeing, as they are dating back to the end of the 19th century.
In my last picture you will see one of the entrancegates to the market, beautifully decorated with the british royal crown on top.
The convention center has been constructed close to the popular district of Roche-Bois (Rock-Wood - of where left the riots of 1999). to avoid to the different chiefs of states, who come at the time of the north-south conferences the view of the shanty towns, a "wall of the shame" to been built to hide the misery of the shacks made of sheet metal, only shelters of the distress of the inhabitants of these districts...
At many places of Port Louis you will still be able to see some great remains of the traditional colonial architecture with small balconies in the first floor.
There is a hill located in the north of Port Louis called signal hill which can be reached if you have a four wheel drive vehicle and permission.
Port Louis is a small city and a relatively safe place, so you can explore the streets on your own and experience the busy city scene.
The remains of this fort is located on top of the hill overlooking the harbour, city and the residential area of Port Louis. There is a road leading to the top of the hill and this fort.
The residential area of Port Louis is located south of the city, and can be clearly seen on top of a hill overlooking the city. There are several mosques in the residential area.